November 2010 Vol. 237 No. 11

Features

Design-Build Proves Effective On Florida HDD Project

In April, the Mears Group, Inc. completed a design-build project in Jacksonville, FL to allow a regional energy producer to expand its natural gas pipeline to serve new facilities. To complete the project, Mears drilled a 7,400-foot pilot hole at a depth of 130 feet beneath the St. John’s River bottom to install a 16-inch steel pipe. Though just 1.4 miles of the 50-mile pipeline that ends at the Jacksonville Electric Authority’s (JEA) Greenland Energy Center, the section under the St. John’s River proved the most daunting during the planning stage. “To go from one side of the river to the other proved to be the biggest obstacle,” said Mark Haney, d

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